I promised all of you an update on my progress with THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE, which is the second book in my new True Love Brides series. This is Annelise’s book. As most of you know, THC was supposed to be published in December 2012 and it wasn’t.
Why not? Well, I’m learning a lot about scheduling in this brave new world of publishing. Working indie is different from working with traditional presses. Plus Tupperman’s story doubled in length, which meant it exceeded the time I’d allocated to writing it by a good 6 weeks. Not having Annelise’s book ready to go to the freelance editor on time meant that I lost my editing slot with her. This is perfectly reasonable and I should have anticipated as much – in traditional publishing, even if the author is late, the book usually ends up being published on schedule. Part of that is because there is so much more buffer built into the schedule – traditionally published books are usually due at the publisher 12 months in advance of publication, so a few weeks here or there can be accommodated. We run things a little tighter in indie-pubbing-land, which means when something goes wrong, it casts bigger ripples. No one is on salary and everyone gets paid for the work they do – which means that freelance service providers need to move ahead with new work all the time.
Also, I learned a great deal about covers and links in digital books at the conferences I attended at the end of October. As a result, I had nine covers redone in the fall and uploaded them to all the various portals, along with new versions of the digital books. That took a bunch of time that I hadn’t counted on spending – and it’s not done. B&N’s portal has been plagued by technical difficulties since December 1 – the issues seem to be linked to their opening the portal in the UK – so the new versions and covers have not yet been uploaded there.
All in all, I failed Planning 101 in the last four months of 2012!
So, where do we go from here? I’m determined to keep my dragon novellas on schedule. The three Dragon Legion novellas will be published in February, March and April respectively. I’m also on a big crunch to finish THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE and get the ms to my editor ASAP. This book also needed a new cover concept – based on what I learned in October – and I’ve commissioned a cover image that will be exclusive. (Fingers crossed that this experiment works out!) I’m hoping to be able to show the cover to you by February. I’m also hoping that the book will be published in April.
And in future, I’m not going to make promises about publication until I know for sure what they will be. Upcoming titles will be “coming soon” until they are published. That will keep things simpler.
Now, back to writing!